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Politics, Policy, Law and Ethics


Degrees Available: Bachelor of Arts

Experience the power of proximity and turn knowledge into action.

If you’re passionate about civic engagement and public service, our Politics, Policy, Law and Ethics program will put you in a position to turn knowledge into action.

Willamette’s location across the street from the Oregon State Capitol will give you countless opportunities to activate your education. Our students have crafted public policy as legislative interns, assisted the Governor's Office in various capacities and conducted research for state agencies. So can you.

The program also takes advantage of the university’s proximity to the state courts and penitentiary, as well as the vital presence of Native American Tribes government and Oregon’s central role in developing forestry, agriculture and land-use policy.

Whatever you decide to focus on, the program will help you develop the knowledge, skills and principles you need to address contemporary political challenges.

Featured Alumni

Politics, Policy, Law & Ethics

Janelle Bovell '08

  • Director of the financial crimes compliance division at PayPal
  • Previously vice president of anti-money laundering compliance risk management at Citi
  • Politics major who explored human resources, policy and finance
Politics, Policy, Law & Ethics

Geoff Winkler BA ’03, JD ’06, MBA ’08

  • Graduated high school with a GPA below 1.0
  • Discovered he excelled at sales and found an opportunity that combined what he learned from law and business
  • Now CEO of American Fiduciary Services
Politics, Policy, Law & Ethics

Jennifer Lawrence Hanscom '91

  • First-generation student raised in Riddle, Oregon
  • Created her own opportunities by cold-calling companies and applying her knowledge of political science and communication
  • Today is CEO of Washington State Medical Association, the largest medical professional association in the state
Willamette University

Department of Politics, Policy, Law and Ethics

Smullin Hall 3rd floor
Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
503-370-6293 voice
503-370-6720 fax